Tag: gut

Gut Microbes Help Develop Immune Cells

Our gut microbes play a crucial role in the development of immune cells that help fight infection, according to a recent study by researchers from the California Institute of Technology and published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. They began the study by comparing innate immune cells—white blood cells that act as the body’s first line of defense against…

Hallmark Channel Features Ultimate Flora Probiotics

In case you missed it, a recent episode of the Hallmark Channel daytime talk show Home & Family featured a topic I’m pretty passionate about… probiotics! Hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare talked to renowned nutrition specialist Dr. Melina Jampolis, who shared with viewers some important facts about probiotics—including what to look for in an effective probiotic supplement. Her advice…

Quick Facts and 9 Simple Tips for IBS Awareness Month

April is IBS Awareness Month—a time for individuals and communities across the country to spread awareness about irritable bowel syndrome and the millions of Americans it affects every day. Coast to coast, activities and events are in the works to help people understand this debilitating disorder, its signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. Quick Facts about…

How Rich are Your Gut Bacteria?

There are more factors that contribute to the development of obesity and related conditions than simply what we eat and how much energy we expend. The very notion of calories in, calories out is not what it seems; at least, not at face value. As researchers are discovering, your gut microbes have more to do with your metabolism than you…

Cesarean Section Linked to Increased Risk of Obesity Later in Life

The rate of cesarean-section births in many countries is over 15 percent, and in some settings, cesarean delivery has become more common than vaginal delivery. Cesarean-section birth is medically necessary in many cases, but not in all cases. A recent meta-analysis published in the International Journal of Obesity found that cesarean section is associated with a 33 percent increased risk…

A Tale of Two Brains – Infographic

Personally, I’m a visual learner. If you’ve ever picked up one of my books, you’ll notice they’re filled with pictures. So when my team showed me this infographic explaining the intimate relationship between the brain and the gut that I talk about all the time, I was excited. I hope you like it as much as I do. In this…

Multi-Strain Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are over 1000 species of bacteria that naturally occur in the human digestive tract. A high diversity of bacteria is characteristic of a healthy gut balance. Increasingly, researchers and doctors are recommending multi-strain probiotic formulas to reflect the natural diversity found in a healthy gut. Because each strain has unique characteristics and functions, a multi-strain probiotic may be the…

The Gut-Brain Connection of Depression to C. difficile Infection

Clostridium difficile infection is linked to 14,000 deaths each year in the United States and continues to increase each year.1 Antibiotic use is the major cause of C. diff infection, but other medications are known to increase risk, including proton-pump inhibitors and h-2 blockers, which are both stomach acid-blocking medications. Another class of drugs that is coming to light as…

Fermented Milk with Probiotics Affects Brain Function

What happens in your gut affects what happens in your brain (among other things). The gut-brain connection was once thought to travel in one direction—from the brain to the gut. The most obvious brain-to-gut manifestation of this connection is the stomach ache you experience during a stressful event. But we now know that the gut-brain connection is bidirectional. Your digestive…

Gut Bacteria Balance Affects Response to Vaccination

As we have seen over the last few years, our gut microbes (also called gut microbiota or microbiome) impact our health in multitudinous ways, from gut health to brain health, immune health to heart health, and everything in between. Recently, researchers conducted two studies that identified a link between gut microbiota composition and response to vaccination. The studies were a…